How Can You Convince a Hoarder to Get Rid of Things? 

How Can You Convince a Hoarder to Get Rid of Things? 

Hoarding is a complex disorder that affects more people than one might think. According to the International OCD Foundation, it’s likely that while serious hoarding problems are present in at least 1 in 50 people, they may be present in as many as 1 in 20. Supporting a loved one who hoards can be extremely challenging and your help may not be well received, even if you have the best intentions. There are a few things to consider before attempting to convince a hoarder to declutter and improve their quality of life.

Take the time to learn about hoarding

Before taking the first steps to help a hoarder get rid of things, it’s important that you learn the basics about the condition. People with hoarding disorder have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions due to a perceived need to save the items. Attempts to part with possessions create considerable distress and lead to decisions to save them. The resulting clutter disrupts the ability to use living spaces

There are many contributing factors as to why people hoard with some of the most common being depression and anxiety, and a stressful life event can worsen symptoms. While hoarding may be hard to understand if you are not personally struggling with the disorder, it’s important to understand that it is a serious condition that affects millions of people across the world and should be approached with great sensitivity and care.

Compassion and empathy can make a world of difference

There is often a lot of shame that is associated with hoarding and, when forced to deal with the clutter, those suffering from the disorder may get flustered, angry, and emotional. It’s very important to approach the situation with kindness, patience, and empathy and to start with a strong foundation of trust. If the person hoarding feels supported and not judged, they are much more likely to engage in productive discussions and actively participate in decluttering.  

Safety can quickly become a major concern

In addition to causing problems in relationships, work, and social life, potential consequences of serious hoarding include health and safety concerns, such as fire hazards, tripping hazards, and health code violations. It can also lead to the inability to function at home and perform basic tasks like cooking and bathing. 

In extreme cases of hoarding piles can go from floor to ceiling throughout the entire home. With this much stuff, there’s always a risk that anyone living in the home (or entering the home) could become trapped under or injured by anything that happens to fall. When hoarding gets severe enough that these health and safety issues become a

concern, it’s incredibly important that decluttering becomes a priority.

Professional biohazard cleanup in Louisiana

When a hoarding situation becomes dangerous, it requires the help of a professional biohazard cleanup company. At Xtreme Cleaners, we are experts in helping families that are dealing with hoarding recover distressed properties. We understand that these are sensitive situations and treat every client with respect, working at a pace that is comfortable for all. If you or someone you know needs help cleaning a hoarding situation in Louisiana, call us at (800) 524-9591.